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Questions tagged [word-usage]

This tag is for questions about correctly using a word. The word has to be provided within the question. The question should be limited to the usage of one word. For the usage of complete phrases there is the tag phrase-usage.

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Use of “please call again” in a high street shop

The 1963 Broadway musical "She loves me" is set in a Budapest parfumerie in 1934. In the play, every time a customer leaves the shop, the employees sing a short jingle: Thank you madam, please ...
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I want to discuss processes of remedy. Can I use the word remediary with reference to such process?

PROPOSED USE: "There are express written contracts, contracts implied by acts or conduct showing agreement, and a remediary area where an express or implied contract fails for some reason that causes ...
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the lower the better

Charles Bukowski, "Women" If I had been born a woman I would certainly have been a prostitute. Since I had been born a man, I craved women constantly, the lower the better. What does he mean with ...
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Angels of mercy to refer to nurses

I wonder if "angels of mercy" by itself (not in context) will mean Nurses I have googled this term but the results I got were referring to the religious angels.
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Can “tightrope” be used as a verb?

Can tightrope be used as a verb? Or is it strictly a noun? Example from my work in progress: As most young children do, I acted upon the irresistible urge to tightrope, on top of the cobblestone. ...
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“at the meeting” or “in the meeting” [duplicate]

When I asked my coworker where the boss is, she answered me: He is at the meeting. Is this correct? I thought it should be: He is in the meeting. Because he is physically inside the room having ...
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what is the meaning of 'ruinously'?

What meaning does 'ruinously' convey in the given sentence: "A city so ruinously sad that it had forgotten its name." Does it mean that, it was so badly sad that it had forgotten its name or that ...
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Is “getting yourself being told to” a valid sentence?

Imagine constantly getting yourself being told to do something. Is the above a valid sentence? The question is particularly about the part "getting yourself being" in this context. This phrase ...
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Come Near March

can you say 'I'll contact you once again come near March' or is it 'when March comes?'? especially in a formal email to someone important.
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Word or phrase that everyone knows or has heard of, but no one knows its underlying meaning

What word or phrase can describe terms like: Wi-Fi AM/FM AM/PM RSVP "etc." "i.e." and so on? In other words, what word or phrase could be used to describe a word or phrase that "everyone knows ...
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Why 'proclivity' instead of 'inclination' in non-objectionalbe contexts?

Somehow, it seems that the word 'proclivity' is increasingly used instead of 'inclination' in non-objectionable contexts. Such use is contrary to the definition of 'proclivity'. CALD proclivity /...
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“Those who hold …” vs “Those whom hold …” [duplicate]

Random English exercise for myself because I like words: Those who hold the plant will die. Those whom hold the plant will die. Which sentence is grammatically correct? Opinion: It is ...
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To contemplate. Is it too formal? [duplicate]

Is this verb too formal for everyday speech? If yes, then what are the synonyms? I am contemplating leaving my job. Thank you!
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By / from / of?

Graham Greene was supporting the communistic policy by or from or of Fidel Castro What is it? Or is this whole sentence wrong haha Thanks :D
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When is “Mike mistook Mr. Daniels for Jack” appropriate, and when is “Mike mistook Mr. Daniels as Jack” appropriate?

in the following sentence: Mike mistook Mr. Daniels [as or for] Jack. which word am I supposed to use—"for" or "as"? In everyday spoken English, I hear both, which is quite confusing, so I am ...
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Use of 'auto' as vehicle name

The word bus, is derived from the word Omnibus in Latin since it means for everyone. Over the years this probably got shortened down to bus. Similarly, the word car is derived from the word Carrum ...
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“Hi” and “Hello” in business correspondence

I've heard that using "Hi" in business correspondence is acceptable even if you email a person for the first time (I also can see "Hi" from people who email me for the first time), but I usually use "...
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Why is this meaning of “snipped” not in dictionaries?

The word "snipped" can seemingly be used to mean "said in a snippy manner": "No," she snipped, obviously annoyed —http://rosemarinetheater.blogspot.com/2013/05/white-boy-can-rap-looking-at-...
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Is completing a task on the due date considered overdue?

I'm a bit confused about whether the term "due date" is inclusive or exclusive, i.e. if I need to complete a task before that date or if I can still complete the task on the date itself (assuming I'm ...
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Which should be the correct word in the given pragraph: Hermeneutics or Semantics?

While reading through the book on logics. I came across this paragraph. Paragraph is as-is from the book: Outline of Logic (Schaum's) At this point we give a rigorous formulation of the ...
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About correcting grammatical errors

I am studying English these days by correcting random sentences that South Koreans are generally having difficulty with in their work environment. some guy asked me several questions regarding how ...
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Can participant be used for devices or machines

I have a technical documentation where robots are working together in a team. They are referred to as participants (lower case!). Is this correct in English? How should it be called? (field bus) ...
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Word that means to speak about nothing important [closed]

What word means to speak about nothing important? Basically, I want something the opposite of ranting. I know the word bable, but it does not fit into the context I want. Babble: talk rapidly and ...
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What the best way to say “we got this information manually”

I want to say that I do not have an automatic way to get a piece of information that is available in a collection of files. I have to do this "manually" or "by hand".
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Scientific way to describe “over linear growth”

I am aware that typically we use "linear" growth or "exponential" growth to describe certain trending, which seems very standard and scientific. But on the other hand, what is a proper and scientific ...
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Is this the right use of the word “canonical”?

Anything business comes up with as a requirement might be considered canonical to our domain model. Is the word canonical used correctly and what does this sentence actually mean? I think the ...
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A person or large groupe of people who came in my city from another city and stayed to find work or just to live but they are not really welcome [closed]

Almost like immigrants but they are not from other countries. In my language, we have a single word to describe such phenomenon, wanted to know if there is one in English. Thanks!
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What is the correct usage of the word “both” in this example? [duplicate]

I have been provided with the following sentence by a native English speaker Successful coalitions carefully choose the brands that they think are the best fit for their programme both in terms of ...
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Which one is the most correct answer among these sentences?

The result starts with a very small one, and the very small one becomes the most important. <- is this correct answer? Or is this more correct version of this saying The result starts with a ...
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Is not to mention correctly used in this context?

As an active market participant for the past few years, I am amazed by how Algorithmic Trading has redefined the way trading is done and by the increasing number of asset managers that are adopting ...
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Verbs that describe user Do's and Don'ts

A lot of websites have code of conduct that describe user do's and don'ts. For example: "Stack Exchange <verb1> users to post relevant and constructive answers and <verb2> users to post off-...
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Determining proper word for a situation

I work at a call center. I said something somebody I work didn't like. I was working. They came behind me while working and just kept calling my name and would not leave me alone. I reported this ...
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Can “prior” be synonymous with “former” in this context?

Earlier this week someone I was talking to insisted that it's acceptable to use "prior" interchangeably with "former" in the context of "former vs. latter," i.e. to mean the first item of two things ...
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Can you use “familiar” as a noun without sacrificing its meaning as an adjective?

In my novel, my character Gus describes his unborn child, saying, "They were an enigma and a familiar just the same." In this quote, the point I'm trying to make is that - they were a mystery yet at ...
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Speak, talk, chat…?

What would be the best (and shortest) way to indicate that you want to have a meaningful conversation with both parts of that conversation being equally important? Is there a verb in English ...
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If a fact is fun it is called Fun Fact. What if it is not?

I am compiling a couple of facts to publish in a newsletter. Some of them are fun to know so I've called them Fun Facts. Some on the other hand are not-so-fun, even tragic in some cases. What is the ...
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How to use “size “ when we are comparing?

1)Mercury is a third of the size of our planet. I think it means that Mercury is one-third of Earth. How is the structure? 2)Two cities which are next to Kuala Lumpur in size are Tretes and Seleta. ...
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Moreso and more so differ? [duplicate]

If I say that one thing is blue but another is bluer, then I can say on is blue, a specific quality -- and the other is more "so," but if I like one performance in some style and in another more, ...
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What is the meaning of “hip book” in the conversation? [closed]

"Hah, he only likes new books. Hip ones." "Jane Eyre is a hip book!" What is the meaning of "hip book" in the conversation?
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Introduce a concept versus give an introduction to the concept

Looking for a shorter way to write In this chapter, I give an introduction to concept A in an academic text, I realized a subtle difference in (academic) English: I introduce concept A: I am creating/...
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Progressive Form of Be and Lately in Present Continuous

Firstly, is the following sentence correct? My brother is being unusually nervous lately. If correct, how is being nervous behavior? We usually use the progressive of be to describe a behavior or an ...
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How does the apostrophe work (examples inside)? [closed]

Which of this is correct? Excels logo look like a book Excel's logo look like a book How does the apostrophe change the above sentences meaning?
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you're up on the board (can't make any sense)

I'm translating a tv show and I have no idea what they are saying in a scene. They are working out at gym, the woman finishes her set and this dialogue comes, here's the script: Man: That was five ...
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I wih it was clearer as to why

Can I say "I wish it was clearer as to why you don't like me"? I need to know the correct usage of "as to why"
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Can I say this? [closed]

This letting is a bed and breakfast, not for day time use PER-SAY Is the use of the word per-say correct?
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I am not clear about using “I” and “me” [duplicate]

....like..."Me and Him are going out" or "I am him are going out"..?? can anyone explain to me with examples and clarify me the right usage of I and Me. Thanks
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Should say “his own wife” or “his wife”?

I was narrating a movie to my friend where I made a statement like “his own wife killed him” where my friend said it doesn’t sound right to say “his own wife” and corrected me to say it as just “his ...
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Word request: multi-context-type

I use "multi-context-type device" to name the "device" that works in different modes for different types of context. For example, type of context is like "classroom", "office", and context is like "...
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Shine bright or shine brightly? [duplicate]

The moon shone bright like a diamond in the sky. 2. The full moon is shining bright in the sky. Why not they are brightly? Are they correct?
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Does “world's largest” require a “the”?

Consider the following phrases: Example 1: CompanyX is the world's largest and leading authority for online dating. Example 2: CompanyX is world's largest and leading authority for online ...